I wanted to do a slightly different beach tablescape today, choosing the strong reds and blues associated with a nautical look rather than the more aquamarine shades I used on my last table. Regular readers know that I love to use beach towels as a table covering on these types of tables, and I do have a great one with not only the reds and blues that I love but also a great ship anchor emblem.
I decided that the Dollar General placemats and napkins are extacly what I needed to blend with the reds and blues of the table.
My red square plates from Wal Mart seemed the obvious choice for this color scheme.
To create a separation between the dinner plate and the salad plate, I put the napkin between the two plates. Then I topped the stack off with the appetizer plates from Tag, a great find at a flea market a year or two back for something like $2. I love the beachy emblems on them which can also work for any summertime theme. Present Time flatware contributes to the playful look.
My Dollar Tree goblets are great on this table, the perfect shade of blue water.
I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple. This beachy lantern, an old Dollar General purchase, has a great look. Other Dollar General purchases from the past are these great flip-flop dip and spreader dishes. Aren’t they so cute?
One of the business updates that I have been forgetting to write about is the dollar shelf in my booth. At the urging of some other vendors who do it, I have allocated a set of shelves in the booth as the “dollar shelf;” everything is $1 or less. This shelf serves two purposes. First, merchandise that has been in the booth for a long time and that I do not mind reducing goes on the dollar shelf. If I don’t want to reduce something, I will take it home. Second, the dollar shelf is a good place to sell some cheap things at a good markup. If I pick up little items at yard sales for a quarter, for example, I will often put them on the dollar shelf.
In April and again in May, I ran up on a couple of yard sales where I got some great box deals on kitchen tools (cooking spoons, spatulas, assorted kitchen knives, can openers, vegetable peelers, and the like). It was well worth my while to take them home and spend some time cleaning them up. Most could go in the dishwasher, although a few of the items needed some heavy-duty scrubbing. I priced them all for the $ shelf, and they have been selling like hotcakes. I made my money back on the boxes in the first few sales, and now everything I am making is all profit. The first month of the $ shelf, I made about 2/3 of my booth rent off the sale items. For the next couple of months, I did well with the dollar items, although not as well as the first month. Then last month, with the kitchen tool sales, I went back to making about 2/3 of the booth rent again.
This weekend I did a little bit of “yard-sailing,” nothing major, but I hit a couple of sales and found some bargains. My pic does not do this lovely slim bud vase with a graceful curved shape justice. So pretty!
These candlesticks were so cheap that I can put them on the $ shelf. I may try putting a little bit higher price on them first, however, and seeing if they will move. I can always reduce them if that doesn’t work.
Also for the $ shelf are these cute decorative bottles. They came with corks; they are just out right now while the bottles are drying. Bottles of all types seem to sell pretty well.
A local church was having a sale and I got 2 boxes of dishes very, very cheaply. The best thing in those 2 boxes is this beautiful china. It says “Bali” on the back. I have 6 dinner plates, 8 mugs, 8 salad/dessert plates, & 7 bowls. I think this is a really pretty pattern.
The greatest thing about these 2 boxes is that there were about 5 or 6 assorted plates plus a couple of random glasses between the 2 boxes. Putting those things on the $ shelf will more than recoup my invest on the boxes, and the price I get for the Bali set will be all profit.
Items that I did not photograph but that I also found for great deals were a couple of pieces of Tupperware, a small set of Corelle plates & bowls, a mirror, and, yes, another box deal on kitchen tools. I buy from one of the guys regularly, and he always gives me really good deals. After I purchased the Corelle set, he sold me 6 Corelle cups (different pattern than the set) for $1. Good addition for the $ shelf, ya’ll!!
I worked at the flea market yesterday, and I took the kitchen tools all washed and priced with me. I sold enough of them yesterday to recoup my investment and turn a profit! I was stoked.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Unfortunately, I do have a little sad news to report. One of the things I love about the flea market is the way we become family with our regular customers. In particular, we have several folks that we refer to as our “Thursday morning” group. Two of our favorite customers are B and her mom M, who come over from a neighboring county every week. Occasionally, B also comes on a weekend and brings either her daughter or her husband. B’s husband teaches at a nearby community college, and she told us in mid May that she wouldn’t come much over the summer. When her husband is off, he likes her to do things with him. She said that she will come a little bit over the summer, but that the regular weekly visits will not start again until fall.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:8-10
You can imagine how excited I was when I looked up yesterday to see B and her husband walking through the door! I left my post behind the counter for a second long enough to give her a hug and say hello. Then I got back to work…we had a great day yesterday, and the line was long.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23
After doing some shopping, B was standing at the counter with her purchases and told me that her son-in-law had gotten killed in an MVA last month; I guess about a week after we last saw her and her mom. Of course, we all love B and M, and we know her daughter as well. My heart is breaking for all of them. I am so glad that we are all a family and can share our joys and sorrows and pray for comfort for B, her daughter, and the rest of the family.
Not trying to be a downer…just keeping it real. To close on a bright note, I will update you on my great prize, the Moore’s sauces.
Today we had chicken wings for lunch. I fixed half of them with the traditional buffalo wing sauce and half with the creamy ranch buffalo wing sauce. Score! We loved them both and decided that we couldn’t pick a favorite; it’s like comparing apples and oranges. They are both wonderful! We will be trying the blue cheese buffalo sauce next.
Our meal today consisted of potato salad, cole slaw, bread, and wings with 2 of the sauces; it was absolutely wonderful and I am totally embarrassed to tell you how many wings just the two of us ate, so I won’t mention it. Our local grocery store had a huge meat sale this weekend, which conveniently corresponded with my winning the Moore sauces and marinades. I purchased leg quarters, breasts, and steaks at good prices and will be reporting the results of using the Moore’s in recipes in the future.
So until next time, enjoy your summer recipes and tablescapeing…and, if you are a praying person, pray for my friend B and her family. Her son-in-law was 46 and her daughter is 43; they have no children. Her daughter went back to work this week, but I sure that she will be having very rough times in the days, weeks, and months ahead.